New York Rangers Finally Rid Themselves Of Michael Del Zotto

By Brandon Fitzpatrick
Michael Del Zotto
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I guess it is time for fans of the New York Rangers to find a new whipping boy. The Rangers shipped Michael Del Zotto off to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Kevin Klein.

Del Zotto has been on the trade block for quite some time. The Predators were never one of the teams supposedly interested in him, but the Rangers finally found a team that was willing to give them an adequate piece back. Klein is a 6-foot-1, 199-pound right-handed defenseman. According to some media reports, the Rangers have been looking for a right-handed shot for some time, and they finally got one.

From what I have seen on scouting reports, Klein is a skinnier Dan Girardi. One of the reasons why the Rangers might have traded for Klein is to ease the blow if they decide to trade Girardi. Klein is signed through 2018 with a cap hit of under $3 million. He doesn’t have stellar stats as he has only posted one goal and two assists with a minus-11 rating this season.

It was clear from the get-go that Del Zotto was not adjusting to Alain Vigneault‘s system. Del Zotto was in and out of the lineup at least four times and spent many games as a healthy scratch. His agents met with GM Glen Sather a couple of weeks ago to discuss efforts to trade the 23-year-old. Del Zotto has drawn the ire of the Garden faithful for some time now with his careless play and mental lapses.

Del Zotto has had a lot of ups and downs in his career as a Ranger. Perhaps his best moment was his game-winning goal against the Washington Capitals in the Easter Conference semifinals in 2012. Del Zotto has played 42 games this season, recording two goals and nine assists while posting a minus-5 rating.

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